County Executive Leopold Declares State of Emergency for Anne Arundel County
Residents in flood-Prone areas advised to evacuate
August 26, 2011
County Executive John R. Leopold has declared a State of Emergency in anticipation of Hurricane Irene and is advising residents in the flood plain to evacuate.
We are expecting this storm to cause significant damage, including downed trees, damaged structures and flooding, County Executive Leopold said. While protecting property is important and should be done throughout today, safety is the highest priority. If you live in the flood plain, it would be a good idea to evacuate to higher ground until conditions improve and it is safe to return to your home.
Mandatory evacuations can only be issued by the Governor. However, the County is urging residents of low-lying areas to seek higher ground starting Saturday morning. The attached map shows the communities that are located in the flood plain. A phone message was sent to 10,000 people at 11:30 a.m. making them aware of shelter options.
The National Hurricane Center is forecasting that Hurricane Irene, presently located 420 miles Southwest of Cape Hatteras, NC, will move along the Delmarva coastline Saturday afternoon. Hurricane Irene is now a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 miles per hour and is expected to hold its intensity over the next 24 to 48 hours.
The Governor has declared a State of Emergency for Maryland and various jurisdictions are moving persons out of vulnerable flooding areas. Anne Arundel County is encouraging residents in low-lying and coastal areas to relocate to higher ground.
A shelter will be open on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD, 21401. Domestic pets will be welcomed. Please bring your pets food, medication, and vaccination records. Please remember all necessary supplies such as medications, sleeping bag and pillow, baby and elderly essentials, cash, and important documents.
Prior to evacuating your home please secure all objects outside your home to minimize damage. One good way to stay updated is to "like" Facebook pages listed at http://www.aacounty.org, including the Office of Emergency Management. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed to receive updates on your smart phone.
some useful tips for citizens to prepare
For information or non-emergency (life safety) help calls, please call 410-222-0600.
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